Library Services for Alumni, Visiting Scholars & Community
We are pleased to provide our IWU alumni with a variety of library services. Alumni of IWU may request an IWU library courtesy card that allows for borrowing privileges (see below for loan periods,) connection to the internet while visiting our campus, and receive professional assistance from our liaison librarians. To take advantage of these services, please stop at the Library Service Desk.
Due to licensing restrictions, alumni may not access our licensed electronic databases from off campus. There are a growing number of openly accessible scholarly resources that are available to researchers, and library staff will be glad to assist our alumni in their discovery and use.
Interlibrary loan privileges are only available to current IWU students, faculty, and staff. This service can be provided by your local public library.
The library is happy to welcome visiting scholars and researchers. Please contact the Office of the University Librarian to discuss your research needs, so that we can tailor access to support you.
Borrowing Privileges - Residents within a 30 mile radius of IWU
Members of the general public may request an IWU library courtesy card, if they present a current public library card from any RAILS (Reaching Across Illinois Library System) library within a 30 mile radius of IWU and a valid driver’s license or state ID.
Borrowing privileges granted with this card are only applicable at The Ames Library.
Card renewals will be granted, if individual requests the renewal personally and is in good standing at The Ames Library.
Interlibrary loan privileges are only available to IWU students, faculty, and staff.
If you have questions about these policies and your individual situation, please contact the Library Service Desk at (309) 556-3350.